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August 28, 2002
by Ashley Harper

Adel - The emergency room here at Adel Memorial Hospital was built back in the 1950's. The facility has been in desperate need of improvements for quite some time.

"We already had an emergency room project on the drawing board, but now we'll be able to complete it a couple months earlier," said Hospital CEO Greg Griffith.

The needed renovations are now becoming a reality for the hospital, thanks to Governor Roy Barnes and the Department of Community Health.

Thursday, the hospital received news that they would receive over $83,000 as part of a continuing effort to improve access and quality of care for rural Georgia residents.

Hospital officials say this funding will raise the standards of health care provided at the hospital."It upgrades our emergency room to a level you would see in a metropolitan area," said Griffith.

The hospital's emergency room currently treats about 9,000 patients each year. But with the new renovations, that number should increase to over 11,000."We plan on putting a dedicated trauma room and making the experience a little more private and pleasant for the patient," said Griffith.

Renovations to the emergency room should begin next month. All in an effort to ensure the viability of heath care systems in rural Georgia.

posted at 3:00pm by Ashley Harper